Filed under: LA Auto Show, Convertible, Coupe, Volkswagen, Diesel

How do you make the hot-selling Volkswagen new New Beetle even hotter? Chop the top!

Car and Driver says sun worshippers will have a convertible option when buying their Beetle next year. The news should be a surprise to no one, but engine choices could be.

VW says all the powertrain options in the coupe will be availble in the convertible. That means the 170-horse five-cylinder, the 200 hp turbo four and even the 140 horse 236 lb-ft TDI. Both transmissions will be on the menu as well: 6-speed DSG or a 6-speed manual.

Car and Driver speculates that VW will probably show off the convertible Bug at the L.A. Auto Show in November. When it goes on sale in the spring, it'll be the only diesel convertible available in the U.S. The way VW's diesels are selling, don't expect the Bug version to sit around on lots very long.VW Beetle Convertible coming in early 2013, diesel/manual model promised originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 07 Apr 2012 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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